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Shyamalan On UNBREAKABLE II: ‘I Want To Write It Right Now’!!

I am – Hercules!! While promoting the “Happening” Blu-ray release via conference call, M. Night Shyamalan said he’s finally keen again to pursue a sequel to his superhero drama “Unbreakable.” From
"I want to write it right now, but I want to write it for the right reasons. I want a story to pop into my head that is organic and expressive of who I am. You know, these are all kind of journals of where I am emotionally, so it's kind of hard. I'm kind of trying to go back to the journal that existed in 1999 for me. But I know me: As soon as I give up on it is when the idea will come to me.”
The writer-director said he had cooled to the idea of planned sequels following “Unbreakable’s” theatrical release because he felt audiences weren’t enthusiastic enough about the original -- but now he senses esteem for the 2000 tale of David Dunn and Elijah Price may have grown sufficiently. “I'll be on the street, and some kid will run across traffic with it in his backpack--he just is carrying it in his backpack--and he'll be running [saying], 'I can't believe it's you!' Will you sign my Unbreakable DVD?' And quoting the thing and all that stuff." Find all of scifiwire’s story on the matter here.

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  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:01 a.m. CST


    by The InSneider

    awesome news! unbreakable is his best film.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST

    If he did this 3 movies ago

    by redfist

    I would have given a fuck, now M. just sux my balls.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST

    gotta say

    by The InSneider

    just finished watching let the right one in. night would be perfect to direct the remake. i know matt reeves just signed on and mori wrote a nice piece about why reeves shouldn't do it. well i am normally a fan of night's original scripts but the last 2 have been pretty bad and if he's looking to do someone else's material, he could do no better than let the right one in. that was some good shit!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:07 a.m. CST

    he's been saying this for years

    by thinboyslim.

    i'm pretty sure exactly the same happened around the time The Village came out and then again during Lady In The Water. It's just a question journo's ask cause it's his last memorable film.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable is the best thing he's done

    by Cedar_Room

    I think it holds up better on repeat viewings compared to The Sixth Sense. Its no surprise given that The Happening tanked so spectacularly that he nows feels "the time is right" to revisit one of his most successful films. The creative well has run dry. What else could he do? Get the creepy adult Hailey Joel Osment seeing more dead people? This is all M Night has left and the ONLY project in which you might be half way optimistic that it wouldn't be another cinematic abomination.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Hopefully he's worked all the Bad out of his system

    by Mr. Moe

    Shyamalan is a damn good director who has really fallen into a slump these past few movies. Hopefully he learns his lesson and gets back into his 'A' game for Unbreakable 2.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable 2:Heroes

    by Stalkeye

    Shammy ran out of ideas after his previous flops? *gasps*Back to running 7 Eleven for you dude.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Just as long as it's old Shyamalan writing, not

    by Amy Chasing

    Happening Shyamalan. Unbreakable is one of my fave movies. Make the sequel a Spiderman 2, not a Happening 2.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:24 a.m. CST

    The Happening was at least...

    by Midnightxpress

    ...less awful than Lady in the Water and less dull than The Village.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Please be so!!

    by Sakurai

    Unbreakable is his best work. I would love to see that world visited again.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Shyamalan On UNBREAKABLE II: "Please Save My Career... PLEASE?!"

    by LaserPants

    The one trick pony is about to be turned into glue.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    Turns out it was all a dream.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST

    How about Bruce Willis vs. Trees? Box-office Boffo!!

    by Uncle Stan

    Or a werewolf played played by Hulk Hogan. Now that's a cash cow!!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST

    "organic and expressive of who I am"

    by xevoid

    If so,he would be making a movie about a hack. Hackity hack hack HACK. Dr. Hack and his evil minions, the hackoids, attempt to take over the world, but are stopped by the super-hero Hack League, with incredible hack powers, led by Superhack, who has incredible powers of hackdom bequeathed upon him by mutant hack beings from the planet Hack. <br><br>And they are all knighted by a ghost of King Haakon VII of Norway, the only non-hack in the movie.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable is his best film

    by kwisatzhaderach

    by far. I also loved The Village too, though I seem to be the only one.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:33 a.m. CST

    But Bruce Willis is an old man

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Although undoubtedly there'll be less action than in Live Free Or Die Hard, I suppose.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST

    As much as I'd lke to see s sequel...

    by Boba Fat

    I'm going to have to call bullshit on kids skateboarding around with the dvd in their backpacks and then bumping into him and demanding a sequel. In fact if that's the level of invention that he puts into a sequel then maybe it's not a good idea

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST

    I doubt Shyamalan knows how to write a hit

    by football

    Unbreakable 2 is going to have to be what Terminator 2 was to the first one. By that I mean balls to the wall all out mind-blowing. Other wise don't bother.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:38 a.m. CST

    As long as he spends a long time writing it..

    by Giant Ape Balls

    .. and doesn't make any more shitty movies in the meantime, thats fine.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Everybody go back and re-read that quote...

    by MaxCalifornia.

    ...but read it in character as Tugg Speedman, Ben Stiller's character in Tropic Thunder. Seriously, has anyone seen quite so much Hollywood bullshit speak all in one paragraph before? "Organic and expressive of who I am", LOL.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:45 a.m. CST

    I Have Been Begging For This For Years!!!

    by Media Messiah

    Unbreakable clearly became the inspiration, in part, for Heroes and even Kick Ass (which is also inspired by Fight Club). I always felt that Unbreakable was the prologue for something, a much bigger story where we see Mr. Glass and Bruce Willis' character square off and see just what both are truly capable the first film was just a slow introduction that stopped short of what I wanted to truly know and see, that being; How would a flesh and blood hero and villain function in the real world???<BR><BR> Heroes and Kick Ass are trying to answer that, and I must tell you before M. Night and Unbreakable, and before Heroes, there was a comic book movement in San Francisco among independent companies and artists/writers to realize realistic heroes, without costumes...a movement that reached cult status locally. I was never interested until I saw Unbreakable and saw the possibilites as executed on film, or Heroes; The Matrix without the super computer or virtual reality meets the X-Men and Unbreakable...all with no fancy costumes.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:47 a.m. CST

    But that's Shyamalan's problem right there!

    by TheNorthlander

    He shouldn't be writing his own stuff AT ALL. He's a good enough director, but this guy needs someone else's material.<br> <br> Also, he needs to stop putting drugs in his actors' coffee before take.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:52 a.m. CST

    The Happening was unwatchable

    by DarthBakpao

    Unnatural acting, ridiculous storyline and executions, and so on. And don't even let me start on Lady in the Water.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:57 a.m. CST

    The Happening was so bad it made me want to

    by DarthBakpao

    burn down the theater or killed random people i met upon exiting the theater.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:57 a.m. CST


    by TheDudeintheShadows

    what fuckin kids are running up to him on the streets?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:02 a.m. CST


    by geraldbeans

    A really stupid movie sequelized. Well, it can't be any worse than his last three movies so why not? Oh, and you stupid Unbreakable defenders who only do so to set yourselves apart from the Sixth Sense lovers (far superior film on every level), do me a favor and shut up. This movie was laaaame.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:03 a.m. CST

    The only idea that organically formed in his head--

    by Bob Cryptonight

    --was his agent's suggestion that he needs a big hit to revive his reputation!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST

    I'll believe it when I see it...

    by sonnyfern

    I don't know how much longer studios will back him. I guess his movies are still making money, but if he keeps putting out these duds I just don't know if they'll keep letting him do what he wants. I LOVE Unbreakable, I just don't know if realistically we'll see it happen.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable was not "successful"

    by geraldbeans

    It made a ton of money up front because of The Sixth Sense's success and the curiosity factor for his second film. Had he made that film today instead of then, it would've barely grossed 50 mil.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    I wonder How Often

    by Samson_K

    “I'll be on the street, and some kid will run across traffic with it in his backpack--he just is carrying it in his backpack--and he'll be running [saying], 'I can't believe it's you!' Will you sign my Unbreakable DVD?' And quoting the thing and all that stuff."<br><BR>Actually happens! <BR><BR>'Tommy, why do you carry that Unbreakable DVD everywhere with you in your back pack?'<BR>'You know why I carry it everywhere in my backpack!<BR>'Christ Tommy - give it the fuck up - it's been fucking years - it's never going to happen!"<BR>'You don't understand Tammy! You just don't have any fucking idea how much I want M Night to sign this DVD - I'd even run through traffic just to get him to sign it!<BR>'But Tommy -'<BR>'No Tammy, my quest to get this DVD signed is more important than anything - even more important than our forthcoming wedding! If you cannot understand that then the wedding is off!<BR>'Tommy please - come back . . .<BR><BR>I hate directors who use this idea that people run up to them in the street just to get merchandise signed - it's just bollocks talk to hide the fact that The Happening was an atrocious film and each one of his movies since Unbreakable has met harsher and harsher criticism

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't he be working on the Avatar movie?

    by Leafar the Lost

    If he ruins the Avatar movie, it truly will end his career. Actually, the Village should have ended his career. The Happening should have been the last nail in his Hollywood Coffin. He needs to direct some Lifetime Movie Network films for a few years to get his focus back. Success in Hollywood has ruined him.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Shyamalan needs a hit?

    by sean bean

    The Happening grossed $163,271,874 worldwide from a budget of $48m. That's a healthy return. He's going to be allowed to keep making films until people stop watching them.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    The Happening...

    by waldo

    is sooo bad. About twenty minutes in, my wife asked me if I wanted to leave. I said we should stick it out, if only to see how bad it could get. I had no idea the rabbit hole was that deep.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:10 a.m. CST

    The question is . . .

    by mascan42

    Is anyone willing to give him the money to make another movie after his last three were steaming piles of dogshit?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:15 a.m. CST

    M Night's thought processes

    by Lloytron

    "The Village flopped. Lady In The Water flopped. The Happening Flopped. Best not think about Signs. I need to go back to basics.<p>Bruce IWllis needs to be involved. A sequel to the Sixth Sense maybe? Ummm not after that ending. A story about a guy that thinks hes dead but doesn't know it but actually hes not and is just a fruit loop? No.<p> Has to be Unbreakable 2 then, the only film of mine worth making a sequel to..."

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable is his best film...

    by Droid

    but he's only made two good ones. The Village and The Happening were shite. Lady in the Water didn't work, but i'll give him credit because he swung for the fences on that one. That was either going to work brilliantly or "lay there on the screen like my ex-wife" (to quote the ever-quotable Mamet). Anyway, although he doesn't "need a hit", he does need to make a good fucking film!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST

    O Great God of Hollywood Hacks...

    by malificus

    ..bless this venture and all who sail upon her. Restore the tainted shiney-sheen of our celebrity so it may be as once new. Let us bathe in the fount of success and adulation, and meanwhile let all bitter failure and past missteps be washed away. Amen.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST

    The village made me angry

    by Obscura

    and made me lose all respect for this guy... which is frustrating because i do really like unbreakable, its his best movie, easily.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:26 a.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable 2: Untwistable

    by OgreYouAsshole

    And the film just ends at the half-way mark.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST

    The one thing i didn't like about Unbreakable

    by Droid

    The title cards at the end explaining what happened to glass. If he had finished with just Willis walking out it would have had bigger impact (and set it up better for a sequel). Over and Out

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    The concept is finished

    by Dreamfasting

    But where could you go with a sequel so that it's actually a sequel and not just a generic superhero movie that happens to involve these characters? The whole concept of Unbreakable is that it was quietly laying the foundation of a superhero movie without confirming that was what you were watching - it played with the audiences own hopes and fears. You can't recapture that atmosphere once the rules of the world it takes place in have been established - so I don't see what journey is left to take. So when people ask for a sequel, I'm not clear about what they are asking for.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST

    ARGH! Shyamalan has never made a "flop"

    by sean bean

    Let's just take all critical thought out of this - the studios look at one thing: numbers. The Village did $256,697,520 from a budget of $60m. That's a hit. Signs did $408,247,917 from a budget of $72 million. That's a gigantic hit. I already quoted the figures on The Happening - IT MADE LOTS OF MONEY. Now, the only film of his that didn't is Lady in the Water, and even that cleared its budget in box office receipts. Not a hit, but hardly a flop. Over the course of its life in DVD and TV, it is profitable. Don't get me wrong - I think he's a sucky hack and only enjoyed one of his films (Unbreakable) but the fact is that over the course of his career, he's made lots and lots of money for the studios. Therefore, he keeps making films.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST

    I agree Mr "not droid"

    by OgreYouAsshole

    The ending really took a lot away from the emotions that were gained from the Mr Glass reveal 5 minutes prior.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:42 a.m. CST


    by surfsup22


  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST

    So what

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Really, there is no project that this guy could announce that I'd feel optimistic about. I'm still amazed at how his career turned sour, when he seemed so on the ball at first. Instead of getting better and filling in some of the cracks in movies like Sixth Sense or Unbreakable, those cracks became movies of their own ... <p>Lady in the Water was a pretty amazing experience of incoherence though. Just thinking about it makes me say "Wow"

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Why doesn't he just watch another Twilight Zone ep

    by Laserhead

    then pad it out to two hours, and he's got a "story." Hack.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Should make it ala "The Dark Knight Returns"

    by Wonderboys

    Given than now Willis is way older than in the first one. Im cool with the idea of a sequel, love the first one.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:53 a.m. CST


    by caruso_stalker217

    You are not alone. I, too, liked THE VILLAGE. It wasn't great. It wasn't what they advertised. That scene where whatserdick is wandering out in the woods and the pianist shows up in the monkey suit and she gets scared was pretty hilarious, especially with the thriller music and the slow motion. I mean we know there's no fucking monsters, it's just a guy in a suit, but it plays out like we're supposed to be afraid for her or something. Plus it's that lame-ass jerky slow motion that looks like ass and also the suit looked really silly. Great movie, though. Like when Joaquin got shanked. And I'm always saying shit about going to the towns. Yeah, people shit on the movie. Maybe it's justified. It's no LADY IN THE WATER, though. Man, what a pile.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST

    As a huge fan of Unbreakable (and all because of Harry

    by chrth

    I support this wholeheartedly. It just better not suck.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:01 a.m. CST


    by skynetbauxi

    why isn't AICN reporting on this new movie? a movie EVERYONE should see: <br> ZEITGEIST: ADDENDUM <br> you can watch the full movie online here: <br> <br> and for everyone who hasn't seen the original movie ZEITGEIST, you can also watch it online at the same site <br> or use the official bit-torrent to download the whole movie: <br> <br> it's totally legal and official, after all they want to spread the movie! <br> also, 3 days from now, THE ZEITGEIST MOVEMENT will go online: <br> <br> this is more important than pointless elections! <br> turn off the news! <br> stop believing in stupid superstitious bullshit! <br> SPREAD THE WORD!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:01 a.m. CST

    "Will you sign my DVD of The Happening?"

    by newc0253

    i bet that's something M Night Shyamalan never hears.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Shamayalan is full of shit.

    by V'Shael

    He just desperately wants to regain some of his former glory and none of the other flicks are sequel friendly.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST


    by EvilWizardGlick


  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Remember, his quote was not

    by WerePlatypus

    "I have an idea, I've written a draft, and I'm going to talk to the studio," it's literally, "I WANT to write it, I WANT to have an idea." What the hell does that mean?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    skynetbauxi, Is REINHARDT mentioned?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    REINHARDT has predicted both of the recent stock "crashes". <p> Those were public pronouncements in Google groups. <p> He talks about LEGATUS being tied to it all.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    WerePlatypus: Here's what it means

    by chrth

    I'm thinking about it, but I'm not going to commit unless I really have a good idea.<p> I'm trying to remember what my idea was. It involved the football player getting injured and meeting his wife ... but I just can't remember what it was. Damn, maybe I should search the site and see if I ever posted it.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable 2 : Breakable. Unbreakable 3 : Broken

    by V'Shael

    And the bad guy ultimately wins, because John McClane was a ghost all along!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST


    by skynetbauxi

    I don't really know what you're talking about... REINHARDT? LEGATUS? who are they?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Let me guess

    by Sebilrazen

    It's a TWIST!!! ending?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    V'Shael: Stop stealing Harry's ideas, and Sebilrazen

    by chrth

    The ending of Unbreakable isn't really a twist. It's not like 'I'm your father, Luke'. Everything Mr. Glass does is consistent through the movie, we're just missing a couple pieces.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable is

    by Kizeesh

    frankly a damn good film. It's not as manipulatively sickly-sweet as Sixth Sense, nor as spotty as his later work. It came out about 5 years too early was all. Now it gets appreciated more by a comic-literate mainstream cinema audience, fed on a diet of Comic-adaptations so they GET the point better than the majority who just had no clue back then.<p> I'd welcome it as long as he does the story and concept justice.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Here's Harry's original 'trilogy' article

    by chrth (remove spaces)<p> Has anyone noticed how easier the searching has gotten since they started using Google?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    And here's Harry's original review

    by chrth (remove spaces). Still may be the best review Harry's ever given on this site.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Reinhardt has been silenced. Legatus abides.

    by V'Shael

    You won't hear any more from Reinhardt.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Stealing Harry's ideas? It was a joke, numb nuts.

    by V'Shael

    Or did Harry do the John Mc Clane was a ghost schtick already?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:16 a.m. CST

    If it's Unbroken, don't fix it!

    by welldressedmatt

    I love superhero sequels, I loved DKR, Spidey II, X-Men II, Superman II, but does every great superhero movie have to be a franchise? The thing I loved about Unbreakable was it was an origin movie. It wasn't about the big boss battle at the end, it leaves David Dunn's further adventures up to the imagination. Let's leave it that way.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST

    V'Shael: See the link to Harry's Trilogy Article

    by chrth

    He called it 'breakable' and 'broken'. It was an in-joke that you only would've gotten if you read the original article, oh, 7 and a half years ago when it was posted.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST

    The key is the kid

    by chrth

    It's been 8 years in real time, how much time as past between movies? Do they make the son a teenager, a college kid (heh, they could get Dustin Long), an adult, not in the movie, etc etc. Frankly, the kid, while strong in some parts of the flick, was weak in others (the pulling the gun on his father just felt wrong in so many ways ... I wasn't sure if I was supposed to be laughing or not)

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Skynet: Legatus and Reinhardt

    by V'Shael

    Legatus is an organisation, founded by the guy who founded Dominos pizza chain, of wealthy people who attempt to subtly control the financial markets of the world to the benefit of their members, pro christians and the detriment of anything with a socialist/communist ring to it. <p> Reinhardt was a poster on google groups, who correctly predicted (months in advance) the issues currently plaguing us all. He got the dates right, the details right, and all of it. Started posting it on the financial groups last October. His account has since been deleted but all his posts are still there. Use google to find info about him. <p> Anyway, he's gone now.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Shy's gotta eat!

    by ATARI

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I don't care why he makes Unbreakable 2

    by FrodoFraggins

    As others have cited, it was envisioned as a trilogy but he was disappointed with the response. I'd love to see the next stage of the character. And I don't really want to see Mr. Glass again. He played his part in the story.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Why not Sixth Sense 2: Seventh Sense?

    by ricarleite

    It envolves Saint Seiya. Obscure joke, I know.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I Will Gladly Forego an UNbreakable Sequel

    by Aquatarkusman

    If it means that he can't make any more movies at all, for fear that U-2's hypothetical success could lead to a string of additional shitty movies. Look what happened when John Travolta revived his career with Pulp Fiction. Were we rewarded with Oscar-caliber roles? NO! MICHAEL! BATTLEFIELD EARTH! A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG! The Horror!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    They called me MR GLASS

    by theycallmemrglass

    I have been coming here on AICN every day waiting, and hoping to read 2 words. Unbreakable II. So much sacrifice I have made in reading much crap including listening to Scriptgirl to hear these words. But its been worth it, Night. Its your muthafucking destiny. You know it. So stop with this shit like the god awful Happening and the lord of shit that is Lady in the muthafucking Water and get your sorry ass back on writng Unbreakable 2 because Night, that is your muthafucking purpose.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    How about finishing the first one?

    by Spandau Belly

    So that you don't just put text up on the screen saying what would've happened in the next scene? That'd be nice. I mean, I like endings. Kids love endings. All my favorite movies have endings. An ending is a good thing to have in a movie.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    M.Nights Problem

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    He's out of touch with people, he writes movies for himself. Like telling a joke only you get. People keep seeing signs of brilliance in there somewhere but it's just not worth enduring his movies to see this tiny bit of brilliance that might possibly one day come out.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Happening was the only real bad film of his career.

    by MrFloppy

    Lady in the Water was not as good as the others, but I found Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs and Village wonderfull written and directed. I can't understand the criticism to that movies.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    This should be easy for him

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    He can write 1/3 of a script and say 'done'!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    I had written a rather lenghty and extremely clever post

    by smackfu

    illustrating how I was better than M Night Shymalan but by the end I just didn't care anymore.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    This headline cheered me up

    by sHapesHiftinLizard

    he has to do it. As was said earlier by Yackbacker though, who owns the rights? Surely something could be sorted out in that department although he did fall out with Disney over LITW. It could be really great, showing how DD is coping with the day to day evil he has to encounter and take care of. In what way it's affecting him psychologically, he was happier at the end of Unbreakable but maybe he could be losing faith in people, seeing what they are capable of on a regular basis. We should get to see how teh kid is reacting to tit all now he's grown up, are there any other supervillans? Are there any folk out there who are beginning to twig that there is a superhero out there righting the wrongs? The sequel has a lot of potential. Do it!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Him And George Lucas should...


    Tag Team writing something, it would be Hiwaweous!!!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable was great. Ignore the haters

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I didn't see the happening, but enjoyed all his other films including Lady in the Water.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    "But now I sense that the only people who might still want..."

    by JackPumpkinhead

    " watch any film with my name on it are those who always wanted a sequel to that film I did once, remember? Hello? Remember me? My film? That one you liked? Yeah! You do remember! Well, I'm making a sequel to it! And with Marky Mark, too!"

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Oh, and those who say he lies about the backpack...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    You are liars! As if you didn't keep 250 DVDs in the trunk of your car, in case you bump into the director of one of them! Well? The kid doesn't have a car, he only has a backpack, so it's natural that he'll carry a movie by the Greatest New Spielberg And Mankind's Creative Savior Alive in it. Stop being so cynical.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    ''I want you to write it right now''


    Keep you from writing any more dross like Lady in the puddle, The Crappening and The Village Idiot!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Not needed.

    by YeahSureWhatever

    Leave Unbreakable alone. It is just about the only thing he got right, why fuck with it?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    I rather like M. Night...

    by J.B.M.A.

    I think he's an incredibly talented story teller for the most part.He seems to get a lot of undue flack for his love of the 'twist' ending which seems to drive some people into impotent rage. Granted it does become rather wearing - I loved both 'Signs' and 'The Village' right up until the last 3 minutes. I'd agree that The Happening was a strange miss-step however. The concept for that film is great - real 1950's sci-fi novel stuff in the vein of John Wyndham's 'The Day of The Triffids' - I imagine that it would probably work much better on the page. Sadly Shyamalan seemed completely unsure what to do with the one central neat idea in the film and ended up making a hotch-potch of a flick that doesn't even survive on it's own internal logic. Oh and THAT performance from Marky Mark. WHY was he cast??? Still the film has some pure M. Night imagery - the construction workers hurling themselves off the roof, the rows of hung garden workers in the plush suburbs - all brilliant stuff.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    News Flash: The Happening is pretty good.

    by HoboCode

    I know this site has been full of cutting remarks by people who haven't seen it (like Harry himself) but give it a shot people. It's very entertaining.<p> And these comments seem to imply we will never see Unbreakable II so what was the point of the post? So Harry could offer even more bandwidth to unwarranted vitriolic Shyamalan hate?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    KurtLockwood and other AICN racists. Please fuck off and die.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Text at the end of Unbreakable

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Talk about dumbing the film down. I actually liked the film up till that moment because it was sort of unconventional, but as soon as that text showed up telling us what happened I thought I was watching the end to some old Dragnet episode. Other than that, I remember really liking the film (haven't seen it since '00), especially the camera work and the pacing. Of course now the real superhero story has almost become cliche, so I don't know if a sequel would really be necessary.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Lady in the Water was an interesting concept

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But the execution of the concept (modern fairy tale) was awful. One things for sure after that one, M. Night (like Tarantino), needs to stay behind the camera, not in front of it.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    I'm still ANGRY about the FIRST ONE!!! >:O

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Comic nerd Mr. Glass blows up trains just ASSUMING that somewhere, somehow, someone with superpowers actually exists and he'll be able to smoke them out, so he cn fulfill his geek fantasy and become their "nemesis"???<p>What if the guy worked at home or drove his car to work? STUPID premise and a waste of my time and money. At least when The Incredibles did it, it was already established that superheroes existed when Synergy (or whatever his name was) went full-cosplay.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    I carry Unbreakable in my Backpack

    by christophermoltosante

    incase i run into Tamara Walker

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    The quicker he writes this...

    by Rick Flemming

    The quicker we get to see a piece of shit movie.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    Bill Parcells..

    by toxicbuddha

    ..put it best when he opined: "You are what you record says you are." Sixth Sense had a nice gimmick to it. Go back and watch it again, ignoring the conceit of Willis being dead and get back to me on it. I remember sitting there watching Unbreakable and thinking "he hasn't touched Willis yet.." and I just smirked and mentally walked out on the flick. His last 3 flicks have all been unwashed ass, period. Unbreakable is the best of a bad lot and at this point he has to bring something to producers that will actually get bankrolled, so good luck to him on this one.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable rules, but dude has lost it

    by Animation

    His last few films have been pretty awful. I'd be afraid to have him return to Unbreakable and ruin it. I almost feel like he doesn't get why the original was so good (not unlike Heroes ... I'm beginning to suspect they don't really understand why Season 1 of Heroes was a success).

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    skynetbauxi - Re:Zeitgeist is BULLSHIT

    by ZeroCorpse

    Please, people, don't listen to this guy. The first Zeitgeist was chock full of unsubstantiated claims and wild conspiracy theories, and was debunked almost as quickly as it was released. It was pure fear-propaganda designed to get you to join the Ron Paul "I'm afraid of the government and rich people" crowd. It's fantasy with only the barest roots in real history. <p> They use no citations, have zero proof of their claims, and fail to respond to critiques of their crazy "the Rockefellers want to put RFID chips in your body" style of bullshit. <p> Please, if you're going to watch it, do so with the understanding that it's not some "insider information" but is instead the raving delusions of some nutcase conspiracy theorists with a persecution complex. <p> I'm a die-hard atheist, but I have to say a lot of the "Jesus as sun-god" stuff was pulled out someone's ass. It's not entirely wrong, but it's "enhanced" to support their view. <p> But then the trip into crazytown begins, with conspiracies that 9/11 was part of an attempt to take over the world (Yeah, how's that working out?) and that the federal government is out to get you, and that rich people have a centuries-long goal that involves aliens, chipping people, and having the ability to "shut off their chips" if they don't stay in line. --TO WHAT END? What the hell good would it do a Rockefeller to be able to cut off my citizenship? How do they profit from this? What's the fucking point of this ridiculous scheme? <p> THERE IS NONE. It's not true. Nobody wants to track you with an RFID chip. You DO have to pay your taxes (and they DO go toward good things like schools, roads, libraries, and clean water). You aren't part of some "DaVinci Code" level plot. GROW THE FUCK UP. <p> By all means see the sequel to Zeitgeist, but please don't take it seriously. It's fantasy bullshit written by some tinfoil hat-wearing guys who want you to be as scared, lonely, and paranoid as they are. Don't let them fuck with your head-- That leads to voting for Ron Paul (a racist, creationist, fundamentalist Christian neoconfederate who supports the states' right to allow prayer in schools, practice segregation, and criminalize abortion) and listening to Art Bell reruns in your lead-lined bunker. <p> Liberals and conservatives alike should reject this melodramatic shit as the fiction it is. Libertarians with any sort of brain should realize they're being duped by people who can't provide a single citation for their unsubstantiated claims. Anarchists should rejoice because this is the sort of fuckarow that makes their job easy.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Might work, because . . .

    by Rollo Tomassi

    "Unbreakable" ended just when the story was starting to take off. It's one of Shyamalan's better films, one that has moments of brilliance, but it's so pooorly structured to accomodate the "twist-ending" that it seels out the entire movie. Considering how gut-wrenchingly awful Shyamlan's last three crimes against humanity have been, "Unbreakable 2" could hardly help but be an improvement. My singlemost hard an fast rule of filmgoing these days is not to put any confidence in Shyamalan, but in this case, it might be worth while to actually have an ending for one of his more promising doodles. But, chances are he'll screw it up, the egomaniacal fool.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Bruno gets a sidekick...

    by Chishu_Ryu

    ...that kid from "Lassy in the Water" who only worked out one side of his body. He'll be dubbed "Fiddler Crab" and will have one hell of a mean left hook, or was it the right hook? I can't remember...

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Loved Unbreakable

    by SkinJob69

    except for the bizarre, awkward opening scene with on the train.<p> This is indeed cool news. MNS needs another hit, bad.<p>

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    his only good film gets a sequal

    by g-ride9000

    fine with me, on weed

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    I'm still waiting for this one.

    by JDanielP

    But I won't hold my breath.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable II: Electric Breakaboo

    by Optimus Prime

    "Save the career, Save the world."

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    There is one problem....

    by emeraldboy

    He left disney under such a cloud that unbreakable sequel is impossible.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by DesignedToDefy

    Been dying for a sequel since I caught Unbreakable for the first time on DVD in 2001. Here's hoping! *fingers crossed*

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST

    um.... oh, wait... something about a Boogaloo...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...dammit! I can't remember.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Touchstone is a disney company....

    by emeraldboy

    and unbreakbale was distributed by BV(buena vista). BV is owned by disney. Disney co-own the rights with Barry Mendel. I doubt a sequel to unbreakable will happen. M nights fall out with Disney was massive. and lady bombed when it was released by the WB.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Touchstone is a disney company....

    by emeraldboy

    and unbreakbale was distributed by BV(buena vista). BV is owned by disney. Disney co-own the rights with Barry Mendel. I doubt a sequel to unbreakable will happen. M nights fall out with Disney was massive. and lady bombed when it was released by the WB.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Did people actually like Unbreakable this much when it came out

    by Lovecraftfan

    I loved it but I remember a lot of friends who didnt get it all and considered it a giant misstep. Its nice people are finally starting to get it. Took everyone long enough.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    sorry about the..

    by emeraldboy

    double post.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Here's the problem:

    by WillowFan2001

    Esteem for "Unbreakable" has grown. Esteem for Shyamalan has waned. What has he done that's good since he made this movie, excepting only the first two-thirds of "Signs"? "The Village" failed both as a suspense movie and as commentary, "Lady in the Water" wasted an interesting premise, and as for "The Happening"...well, let's face it, if you have to tell your audience IN THE DAMN TITLE that something is happening, then you might as well just give up, because nothing's happening in the movie. I don't think "Unbreakable" needs a sequel. It's a modern classic, and it can stand on its own. But a few years ago, I might have been intrigued enough to go watch one. Now, Shyamalan's name credited as writer on the poster would be enough to keep me away from any movie, even the ones I was most curious about. M. Night, just direct and leave the idea-making to someone else. Please? Now that you've run your own career into the ground, even more thoroughly than Lucas has destroyed his most beloved creations, will you stop trying to create ideas and stick to messing around with images, which is what you're REALLY good at?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    News Flash: The Happening is pretty bad.

    by Mankind

    The movie has the same power it depicts: The ability to make you lose all hope for life and want to kill yourself.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    He'll need to see 'Watchmen' first...

    by zinc_chameleon

    To understand what he's up against. Unbreakable was unique in its time for taking comics seriously. That's standard form now, especially since they make so much money. And why should the story be about him? It's about the rise of a hero, not the despair of a has-been director.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Guily pleasure

    by Rufus

    That's what Unbreakable is.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by Redfive!

    Forget the movie sequel,just write it and make it into a comic.Thats what they did with FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH when Raimi and co wouldn't give New Line the rights or whatever.Just make it a comic.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable came off as a comic book origin...

    by I Dunno

    ...story that had no intention of going anywhere beyond that. It was a good story but really, Bruce Willis' powers are pretty boring and Mr. Glass escaping from a maximum security prison without breaking all his shit? I'm sure you could write your way around all that but like all his other movies, the whole point seemed to be the "twist" ending. <p>Meh, go for it. But at least make it an R so that Sam can say "motherfucker" once in a while. He's a like a fish out of water whenever he's in a movie where he can't. </p>

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    shut your ego and get doing Airbender

    by pipergates

    Shyamalan thinks too much of himself and his writing powers. Only thing that can save him now is to do a decent live action version of Avatar the last Airbender. The story rich, fun, deep and full of magic, and it doesn't need to be meddled with. No question that Shyamalan is a good director, but DONT MESS UP AIRBENDER.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    He's still a good director; he just can't write anymore.

    by Orbots Commander

    If he wanted a career upswing, he should pick a really good mainstream script from a Steve Zaillian or William Goldman and direct it. His main problem is he needs to get out of his own head and use his directorial skills, which he does still have, to shoot someone's else's good script. Maybe he could do an adaptation of a popular novel. In fact, Shyamalan doing a Harry Potter would have been perfect; maybe he should lobby WB to take on a reboot of Superman. That would be right up his alley for career rehab: a big commercial studio franchise.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by Ray Gamma

    Unbreakable was a heap of juvenile shit, and anyone who says it's one of their favourite movies is a sad loner who was bullied at school, who identifies with the ridiculous childish fantasy of 'suddenly discovering you have superpowers and you can get the bad guys back'. Fuck off.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    I love Unbreakable

    by fassbinder79

    Make the sequel regardless of what people are saying on here. People will definitely go and see it.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    It's a little late

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    everyone's aged very noticable<p> Unbreakable is my fav Shyamalan flick though

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I was just thinking, Robin could be a cop

    by Joker Gordon Levitt

    Y'know, to make him more realistic. <br><br> BRING ON UNBREAKABLE 2: QUANTUM OF WILLIS

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I liked "Lady in the Water" and "The Village"

    by Playkins

    "The Happenning" maybe not so much. I do think that in about 20 years people will look back on his films and say, "Hey- that guy actually had a pretty amazing run of very unique or interesting movies." I think we were all expecting him to become the next Spielberg back when Sixth Sense came out, which was very high expectation indeed.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    "Heap of juvenile shit'???

    by Joker Gordon Levitt

    No way, it was a 2 hour twilight zone episode, but it was still compelling and entertaining (repeat viewings don't hold up as well after a while, though).

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    "Unbreakable" is my favorite M. Night Shyamalan film

    by Gozu

    However, he hasn't made a good movie in years and I really would rather he just left this alone. Or let someone else write it.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    "Organic story creation" doesn't seem to work for him...

    by PornKing

    Why not actually plan out a story that makes sense? Obviously the stuff that just "pops into his head" is retarded.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Go watch unbreakable again you morons...

    by Rick Flemming

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    There is probably better writing

    by shran

    in this TB than there is in M. Night Shamalymamalan's upcoming script. I just wish I hadn't gotten here so late so I could have read some of it.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by Brian

    i think if M. Night weren't such a skittish punk, he would have stuck with it and made the sequels. unbreakable didn't do well at the box office and he took it very personally. and the fact that it KILLED on dvd didn't sway him. he had already moved on. with today's big budget comic-book saturated film climate and the comparatively economical style Unbreakable calls for... he wouldn't have a tough time getting the sequels made. see now, if he would have made those sequels 7 years ago, like she should have, he would have set an impressive benchmark for comic book movies early in the genres popularity.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Go Watch Unbreakable again you morons..

    by Rick Flemming

    Its not a good film. I repeat: ITS NOT A FUCKING GOOD FILM. Jesus christ, I can't believe anyone would defend it. "Its frankly a good film"? Are you fucking kidding. Enough with this bullshit. I just saw this movie again not too long ago, and its Unwatchable. Come on people. Please think about this. The movie SUCKED.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    No more writing

    by enderandrew

    Let the fool direct, but do not let him type so much as an email. The fans seem to love Unbreakable because it was one of the first attempts to take a superhero seriously on film, but frankly the movie is terrible. His scripts have been pretty damned terrible from Sixth Sense on. I thought Signs was well directed, even though the story lacked a satisfying ending. Lady in the Water was truly awful, and I refuse to see Happening. Do not let this man write anymore.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by Rick Flemming

    Its just not good.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    The Village ...

    by animadictio

    is one of the best directed movies I've ever seen. It reminds me of Hitchcock. I don't understand why people hated it so much.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Gsh, RickFlemming...

    by WillowFan2001

    I guess if you say it like six times in a row, that MUST make it true! If we pull your string, do you say other things?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by WillowFan2001

    Perhaps because "well-directed" does not necessarily equate to "good"?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    M. Night What a flake.!

    by Andre the Frog

    They could stuff him with cream and call him a napoleon.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    An hour of new footage in The Happening DVD?

    by Atticus Finch

    Is this hour of cut footage put back in the film? Maybe this is why it turned out so bad. I mean, losing an hour of footage could definitely create gaps in the logic of the story. I haven't seen The Happening, so I don't know.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    For All The People Who "Don't Understand"...

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... the bashing of M. Night's recent movies, I have one piece of advice: Become fucking smarter.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Ok, hated it

    by Darth Macchio

    and we're all pinheads or whatever for not hating it as well...but if Shamalyan is going to do anything at all at this point, I, even if one of very few, would be happy to see a sequel to Unbreakable. I haven't seen Happening and actually look forward to in a "awesome train wreck where no one was actually killed so i don't have to feel guilty/shitty for laughing at it and reveling in someone else's misery" kind of thing. And 6th sense is good but done after a single viewing (haven't had any desire to see it after renting it the moment it first became available for renting..stayed spoiler-free, etc...great movie but zero re-watchability to me).<p>Schmuck or not, Shamalyan is capable of making an enjoyable film...I know absolutely zero about the "Last Airbender" thing and have never had any overt interest in anime (which is what airbender is right?) but if Night's gonna do something I'd be psyched to see an Unbreakable sequel.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Loved Unbreakable

    by thot

    It was very original and compelling. Easily his best next to 6th Sense. The only film of his I was disappointed in was Signs. Even The Village and Lady In The Water were better. Always did want to see what came next for Willis' character in Unbreakable!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Just make the avatar trilogy

    by JackSack

    Sorry folks you're at least 6 years away from an Unbreakable sequal. That's how long of a commitment M. has to making the Avatar Trilogy. I'd rather see the Avatar Trilogy than an Unbreakable sequal. At least I know the story to the Avatar Trilogy is good and worthwhile.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable 2

    by Joker Gordon Levitt

    Mr Glass escapes custody, prompting David Dunn (now divorced), to go after him. Mr Glass finds a new Unbreakable person, and uses him as a weapon to protect himself from being captured by Dunn. Big fights, lots of stuff breaking. <br><br>Who should Bruce Willis fight? I say William Shatner.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST


    by skynetbauxi

    first, I live in Austria, so I couldn't give less of a fuck about any Ron Paul or whoever you're going on about. <br> <br> second, yes, there are certainly some more or less unsubstantiated claims in ZEITGEIST... BUT, and that's the important thing, compared to all the fucking bullshit from religion, governments and media that hundreds of millions of people believe every day, ZEITGEIST is (and I hope you will agree) an almost entirely bullshit-free zone for open-minded, intelligent people. mind you, I would never say "BELIEVE EVERY WORD OF ZEITGEIST!", that would be as wrong as saying "believe every word of the bible". but I DO SAY this: WATCH ZEITGEIST, and then make up your own damn mind about what you believe and what you don't! <br> <br> and third, ZEITGEIST: ADDENDUM is almost entirely free of any mentions of 911 conspiracy theories (whether they may be true or false), and it doesn't go on about religion either (it simply takes it as given that religion is bullshit, which it is). there aren't any "theories" in this that you just have to believe in order to be impressed by the movie. it will simply attempt to open your eyes for the way the world around you works today, and also to show you how possible a true utopian world actually is.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:19 a.m. CST

    dear m night shenanigans

    by ReEkOs_RoUgHnEcKs

    unbreakable trilogy must be completed! i've been waiting for this since the second i stepped out of the movie theatre back in 99

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Shyamalan's Pride

    by animadictio

    I think his pride is what hurts him. Signs was good except for a few plot holes which could have easily been fixed had he submitted the scripts to an editor or another writer. The same is true for Lady In The Water to a great extent. While watching the movie, I thought to myself, there's so much possibility here, why is he letting it go to Hell? I think he needs people around him to tell him where the logic fails because, clearly, he doesn't always see it himself. And maybe he needs to be given more time to form the ideas well. Less studio pressure. I hope he takes his time with Unbreakable 2 and he is humble enough to let it express some common sense instead of just expressing his inner "journal" or whatever.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I am sorry, but what a douche....

    by ChildOfMen

    He didn't feel like doing a sequel because audiences weren't properly enthusiastic enough for his tastes? And now that he feels the proper amount of esteem he thinks it deserved has been attained, he's willing to grace audiences with his genius in giving them a sequel? And random kids run up to him who just happen to be carrying a copy of Unbreakable on DVD? Give me a break.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Racism at AICN

    by Galvanick_Lucifer

    because so many of you, not all, but many are such shut-in idiots with no power to express yourselves and narrow dumb perspectives on the world where you have little human interaction or decency in your lives, you think in the safety of the internet and the anonymity it provides that you can be as splenic and ugly as you please. Say hateful and bigoted comments and no one will lean over and break your face as they would in a bar, a coffee shop or even just a meeting. you think you 'get away with it' and anyone who objects is a 'douche' or a 'whiner'. But let me say this: the person most injured by this sort of idiocy are the people who post because you continue to live in that cut-off, backward dumb world where people can written off (and here it's anything from African Americans to Indians, HIspanics to Asians, no white bashing it seems) as some deflected, pathetic minority who is nothing but an underclass rep. Well, you live in that world. I live in a world of basic decency, intelligence and real discussion.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Sure thing, M. Night

    by Aeghast

    We're all -very- used to see how you screw up things

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Might as well

    by amrisharmpit

    Unbreakable was a big hit for Night and he needs something to revive his career. I only saw the movie once, but I remember thinking it was boring and not as good as The Sixth Sense. Maybe the movie has aged well after all these comic book films have come out. I'll have to rewatch it at some point.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable was the best super hero moive until Iron Man

    by GreatCzarsGhost

    Dark Knight was a great super hero movie but for me Iron Man is now the best super hero movie ever made. I am interested in Unbreakable 2 and of course Watchmen.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable 2: More Unbreakabler

    by Dr Gregory House

    I'm happy not to have his best work tainted by a forced, doomed-to-be not as good sequel.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Dear Mr. Shyamalan

    by tvspace

    Sit your ass down and write. But make it better than the tripe you've pounded out these past few years. You had me through Signs. I even accepted The Village. But it's time to get back on the horse!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    I like UNBREAKABLE, but...


    ... I've always found it overrated. Compared to his last two turds, it's great.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    M. Night writing Unbreakable 2 is like...

    by El Gooche


  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by frozen01

    "Weren't properly enthusiastic" means "weren't willing to shell out $10 to see it". <br>Simple as that.<br> There are ebbs and flows in the types of movies that audiences want to see. A smart movie-maker doesn't just put something out because he or she can. You have to wait for the right "market", if you will. For example, Dark Knight and Watchmen couldn't have been done 10 or even 5 years ago... and I don't mean that we didn't have the technology, I mean we didn't have the demand.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by frozen01

    White bashing still happens, just its in movies, TV shows, songs, and other more formal methods of expression instead. One doesn't need to stoop to a lowly internet message board to bash whites... it's comedy gold! Hell, even whites cash in by making fun of white people, cuz frankly, it's funny :) <br> The Internet is the only place you can make fun of other races, usually, because it's not as funny... unless you're of the same race being made fun of, then it's okay for everyone else to laugh because the burden of looking racist has been removed.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Here's the plot...

    by Kid Z

    ...Bruce Willis fights... leaves!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    What most of you want Shyamalan to do it seems...

    by TiVo1138

    is sell out. <br><br> The guy really hasn't changed his form or his process of moviemaking. He gets an idea, writes it, directs it, and produces it. I admire him for sticking to his own ideas. Because, frankly, he was sought after for SO MUCH. It takes balls to maintain that kind of integrity, espescially in the movie business.<br><br>Everything he makes has his voice and his signature in it. And I'm sure he'll be better appreciated in years to come a la De Palma and Clint Eastwood, or even I daresay Alfred Hitchcock.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    All due respect Ti

    by Orbots Commander

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Oops. I meant, all due respect TiVo, your analogy is all wrong.

    by Orbots Commander

    Damn Enter key...anyway, you miss the point that Hitchcock, Eastwood and DePalma WERE and are appreciated in their time, as are most good filmmakers. A movie is not a painting or a misunderstood novel. It's a popular art form that seeks to connect with present audiences, not some unborn future audience.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by Sepulchrave

    Please. This guy is TOXIC SLURRY. THe Village was bad; Lady in the Water was crap and The Happening was unbelievable; I mean; how did anyone think that that was fit for a general release? Someone let the brake fluid out of his car and save us all.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Orbots, but at the same time...

    by TiVo1138

    Do we dismiss the craft that goes into a film if it doesn't necessarily resonate with audiences at the time? You can, and I wouldn't even necessarily say that's unfair. <br><br> Hitchcock, De Palma, and Eastwood were all, at least at one time, genre directors. Each one of them (espescially De Palma) had their turn of the wheel. There's a book--if I can find the title I'll get back to you--that makes the case for why Hitchcock's post-critical success means good things for the like of De Palma and Eastwood among other thriller auteurs, Shyamalan and Carpenter among them.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    And Shyamalan is 3 for 6

    by TiVo1138

    Although The Happening was a modest (and suprising) moneymaker, opening #1 internationally against The Incredible Hulk. <br><br> Still though, it's not like the guy has an expansive filmography that we can judge objectionably right now.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Best decision Night has made in YEARS

    by Mullah Omar

    I liked UNBREAKABLE and I always thought a sequel or two could be good. A continuation of this story HAS to be better than his output since the original. I want to see what Sam Jackson gets do do now that we know what's up with him.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    His career may be IRREPARABLE

    by versatol

    Im just saying. That last movie was Unforgiveable

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    The problem with all Shyamalan's movies is

    by DarthBakpao

    all the actors looked like they're ACTING, instead of being natural

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    He forgot the comma!

    by BiggusDickus

    What ol' Shamalamadingdong meant to say was "I want to write it right, now". You know, to make it entertaining?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    Zeitgeist is pandering twaddle

    by blue1622

    Second everything ZeroCorpse said... <p> 50 minutes of hateful shitting on Christianity, without so much as a harsh glance at Islam. How daring. <p> Also, I've yet to meet a 9-11 truther who didn't seem at least mildly afflicted by fetal alchohol syndrome.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Why so much M. Night hate?

    by oaser

    I'm seriously asking, not trying to be a dick. Have his antics just gotten old? I watched the happening, and found it to be dull tripe. But, I enjoy the visuals of his movies. I dunno if that's because of him, his DP, or his cinematographer. So, I'd like to see an Unbreakable II, but he's already ruined himself it seems.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Vuja De !

    by Ninja Nerd

    Just this morning, during the commute to work, I was thinking about "Unbreakable" (it ran on GTEC last night) and wondered if there would ever be a sequel. Maybe there will be. For me, it's the best MNS movie, period. Now, I'm a huge comic book fan, so the movie may have appealed to me more than most, but this is a pretty good movie. I don't think that continuing the story of BOTH David Dunn and Elijah Price is a good idea, however. "Mr. Glass" had no powers or abilities beyond a genius mind and was little more than a terrorist. I think a "villian" with some ability would be more interesting. Plus, the kid in the movie would be a teenager and might be developing abilities of his own. And so on....jeez, maybe MNS should ask for Unbreakable fans story ideas, especially since he isn't very good at it! Done right, I would definitely go see a sequel.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Shyamalan jumping off a cliff

    by kafka07

    I want it to happen NOW

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I think I've said this before but...

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Most movies people either really love or realy hate with a few exceptions. Look at the Unbreakable talkbackers, and I'd say it's 50-50 love/hate. Of course the latter individuals, while entitled to their opinion, are mistaken.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST


    by Kaiser Soze

    M. Night might, as some of you say, fight the good fight, but let's be honest, his movies are light and his twists are a blight upon screens filled with light...therefore it's only polite that M. Night not continue to write and instead go off site to find a story that's right and quite possibly out of sight as that's the only thing that might make me ever want to see an M. Night flick again as I might live. Seriously, though, M. Bison has become so transparent that I already see the twist for Unbreakable II: The movie will be called Breakable, and in this one Mr. Glass seriously starts effing the sh out of everything and Brucie-boy has to stop him. And by the end, he's had to go so far against his own moral code (because I can already feel M. Night ripping off the Dark Knight) that in the end, as he's pummeling Glass into a pulpy mash, Glass reveals that while, yes, he's being broken, that his ultimate objective is complete in that he's really the Ultimate Universe version of Emperor Palpatine and he's turned him over to the dark side. And The film ends with Willis' character (I forgot his name) broken, and set up as the villain for the inevitable third installment, where he causes death, destruction, and Havok everywhere he goes, and it's up to his teenage son, who was hidden from him after his downfall, to ultimately stop and redeem Bruce, and then burn his body on a pile of sticks while a bunch of teddy bears look on.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    he will just fuck it up

    by BMacSmith

    he's lost it

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    UNBREAKABLE was his best film

    by bobjustbob

    In fact, it's the only film of his I liked. But he as now jumped the shark so badly all he can do is break wind. And, of course, that explains THE HAPPENING.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable 2: Sixth Sense Signs of a Village Happening

    by Heckles

    All movies come together in one cluster fuck that causes theaters across the country to implode like the Poltergeist house.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    He needs to work with Bruce again.

    by BigTuna

    SS and Unbreakable were his best films.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Don't get me wrong

    by Ray Gamma

    I liked The Sixth Sense a lot, and I thought 'Signs' was pretty clever too, but "Unbreakable" was just steaming shit. It felt as though he made it up as he went along. It was a teenage sad boy fantasy. Written in the most predictable way possible, so that morons would understand it. That's the biggest problem with Shyamalan's recent movies. He used to credit the audience with some intelligence (ARE YOU READING THIS SHYAMALAN? TAKE NOTE: "SIXTH SENSE" AND "SIGNS" HAD SOME CLEVER IDEAS THAT REQUIRED THE AUDIENCE'S BRAINS TO BE SWITCHED ON. BUT YOU RECENT FILMS REVEAL A CREEPING DISDAIN FOR YOUR AUDIENCE, AS THOUGH YOU REALLY HAVE LOST FAITH IN THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE VIEWER, AND ARE NOW RESORTING TO BEATING THE THICK-HEADED AUDIENCE AROUND THE HEAD WITH YOUR 'SHOCKS' AND 'REVEALS'. AFTER ALL, THEY NEED IT EXPLAINED TO THEM DON'T THEY? THE SHIT-FOR-BRAINS CUNTS.) Added to this, Samuel Jackson's character in "Unbreakable" was totally unlikeable. That's what the movie should have been called. "Unlikeable".

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    and yes that was a typo

    by Ray Gamma

    i didn't mean to write 'you' when i should have written 'your'.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Why not cast Cibyl Shepherd!

    by Andre the Frog

    as the Unbreakable Woman?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable II?

    by sedavis

    I liked Unbreakable but really can't see a sequel in it that I would pay money to watch. Why is this crap getting done when so many other better sequels could be made? Big Trouble in Little China II - Lo Pan's Revenge Buckaroo Banzai II - Where Ever You Go, You Were Already There Anyway Top Gun II - The Romance of Maverick and Ice Man Heck, I'd stand in line for those rather than another empty plot twist from Shamalan.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST


    by PorkChopXpress

    I hope I'm not the only one who finds the scenario of the little kid - who just happens to have the DVD in his backpack when MKS walks by - as hard to swallow as most of his plotlines and dialogue. You can't go back to the well, bro - it's run dry.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by PorkChopXpress

    Amen to your sequel suggestions. I mean, I'm not sayin' I've been everywhere and I've done everything...

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable is awesome.

    by hallmitchell

    M.Night please take some care with your career. It's starting to slide after a brilliant start. Your last two movies sucked big time. See if you can get the superman gig again. Yet don't be so nazi on the write and direct theme.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    He should try to revitalize his career...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    by getting an actual writer to produce him a decent screenplay.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable: Piggy Bank

    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

    Shyamalan thought of the day: "Revive one of my better films with two bankable stars. Village, no. Happening, no. I've got it! Now to start the internet rumors before that piece of studio shit airbender film comes out and flops harder than speed racer. I'll finally claw my way back to the top if it's the last thing I do."

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Finally a movie from him I'll go see.

    by SID 8.0

    The Village was the last one from him that I've seen.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by callowteen

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    amen... I mean, right on, ZeroCorpse

    by ufoclub1977

    "Zeitgeist is BULLSHIT" its for armchair stuck experts that would never even lift a finger to dial a number and speak to anyone mentioned to check on authenticity.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    There's nowhere for the story to go

    by ArcadianDS

    The first movie was fantastic because it was a super hero movie, but right up until the final moments, you weren't really sure that it was in fact, a super hero movie.<p> With that established, a sequel would have to either retread the ground we've already covered (i.e. the angst-ridden hero), or just go full blown Hancock on us. I just can't imagine for the life of me where an unbreakable II would even begin, or where it could possibly lead. It was a great movie, and he should leave it alone. Hitchcock had a string of low performing movies, but he stuck with it and continued forward. M.Night should just do the same - chalk it up as as a bad stretch, and take a long break - get the right story set up FIRST, then call the studios. Seems to me, its been more of a "sir, Mister Shamalayan is on line six for you." and he just says, "hi. I want to make another movie." and he's told "sure. We'll draw up the papers on Monday." He's been riding his own coat-tails by cashing in on his previous successes and going half-cocked with a loose 'concept' for a movie. His last 3 have really felt like he was writing them 1 scene ahead of the actual filming schedule. Sit back, write something fantastic, and THEN and ONLY THEN, call a studio and talk about making a great movie.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    as Tony Stark would say "I need it"

    by TheDark0Knight

    make it happen(ing) M.Night

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Too little too late Shlamadong!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Although Unbreakable is an underrated masterpiece...

    by dr sauch

    There is nowhere for the story to go. What, Bruce fights Sam? I can't see it happening, but I do have unrelenting faith in M. Night.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Yeah, and I always carry around my coonskin cap

    by Stuntcock Mike

    just in case I run into Fess Parker.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Never Enamored with MNS

    by DoctorStopMo

    I remember watching "The Sixth Sense" when it came out in theaters, and I figured out the "twist" about half an hour before the movie ended. If you're in that spot, the film just doesn't work. The whole enterprise is predicated on you being taken for a loop in those final 5 minutes. It validates the 2 hours of relative tripe that preceded it. Anyway, the movie didn't work for me, so he hasn't earned even that modicum of goodwill that so many of you extend to him for that film.<P> It goes without say that his subsequent work did nothing to elevate my opinion of him or the product that he pushes, but I admit that I find it humorous to hear people bill "Unbreakable" as a "modern classic." Really? Is that in the same context that AMC labels "Troy" a classic? I think that's the height of fanboy revisionism; outside of said community, "Unbreakable" has not gained appreciable credibility. Perhaps the fundamental problem with his works is that he is very much caught up with himself. I remember when TIME magazine called him the next Spielberg (shortly before the release of "Signs"), they described him as incredibly arrogant. Nothing I've read/heard since then has dissuaded me from forming that opinion of him, and to it, I'd add "out of touch." He needs to stop picking up the pen and writing his own movies. Stick to directing, dude, cuz you suck ass at writing. M. Night Shyamalan (wanting) to write Unbreakable 2? Not interested. M. Night Shyamalan directing someone else's script of Unbreakable 2? Ever so marginally interested.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Oh, and hte dude with the backpack?

    by DoctorStopMo

    That reeks of lamely flimsy fabrication, but it's so ludicrous it might be true.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Dollars to Donuts...

    by shellfishh

    the original cut of Unbreakable ended with Willis just walking out of the comic book store.<br><br> Cue test audiences and focus groups whining that they didn't understand the ending and why didn't they arrest that criminal cripple?<br><br> Voila, idiot captions.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by BobaFetish

    Unbreakable is the best thing he's done. He needs to do something good, like right now. His last three screwed the pooch pretty hard.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Bruce Willis was best with Shyamalan....

    by TiVo1138

    SS and Unbreakable were his best two performances I think. It's like Arnold working with James Cameron. <br><br> Even if Unbreakable II never happens, he NEEEDS to work with Bruce again. He's Shyamalan's DeNiro. <br><br>William Hurt is also someone he needs to work with again.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by smackfu

    2 points. 1, if you're the sort that would physically attack someone for saying something that offended you, you don't sound any more enlightened than those you are criticizing. 2, On the contrary, the white race is the only race you CAN bash without consequences, legal or social. We are the only race with no angry, vocal spokespeople who show up on CNN demanding public apologies from anyone who cracks or joke or insult about white people.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    good storyteller.

    by alice 13

    lame stories.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by shellfishh

    No, you have to turn to Fox News for that.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I want to give him another chance...

    by SifoDyasJr.

    I really do... but I've been burned so many times now... I understand someone making a bad movie--every director has them, but how do you go from Sixth Sense and Unbreakable to being considered just a little better than Uwe Boll?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by TooWhippy

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    He says "I" and "me" 11 times in that one paragraph.

    by Lyghthouse

    I know he has talent, but the guy is just completely full of himself. I was really hoping Lady In The Water and The Happening would be lessons in humility for him. I can see now that they were not.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    The second time I saw the Village...

    by Ravetin

    ...the cable fucked up right when Bryce went over the wall. That would've been so fucking awesome if it had ended right there. It would've had the "SHOCK (beat) FADE OUT" feel of some of the better TZ episodes. Also, "SHAMALAMADINGDONG" AND ALL ATTEMPTS AT MAKING FUN OF HIS NAME ARE NOT, HAVE NEVER BEEN, AND NEVER WILL BE FUNNY. STOP IT.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Everybody's a fucking critic

    by ChocolateJesus

    But nobody likes critics, either. The Sixth Sense was a good ghost movie, not great, but very atmospheric and had likeable characters. Unbreakable is an awesome movie that has no real parallels in film, other than having its roots in comic books, it is a very original movie. Signs, although its ending is a little iffy, is otherwise a fantastic and intimate take on the alien invasion standard. The Village was disappointing the first and only time I saw it, but I would have to see it again to figure out why exactly (mostly because of the twist, which might play differently now that I know what it is). Frankly, I can't see what there is to dislike about Lady In the Water. People's vehement dislike of that movie is what made me realize that Night's detractors just like to bitch, even if they really have no good reason to. Looking for plot-holes in that movie is about as relevant as looking for plot holes in Sleeping Beauty. Just watch and enjoy movies, you cunty losers. See, even I'm a critic.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Oh, and the text ending of Unbreakable

    by ChocolateJesus

    Regardless of the reason that was in there, it felt pretty comic-booky to me.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Village and Zeitgeist

    by tallsy

    I didn't dislike The Village as much as most people. Actually, I think it's main problem is one of timing. If it came out in the late 70s or early 80s when there was a strong belief that political leaders were unresponsive and ineffective to the crime issue, it would have been more effective. Now, we have a generation of movie viewers who can't even remember when the issue of crime (not just the crime rate itself, but a belief that there was no way to reverse the trends) was a defining issue in American society. Yes, Zeitgeist was filled with BS. Most of their history on the Federal Reserve is factually wrong. And the fallback position of "well, the government lies about MORE stuff" is such a disingenuous cop out.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Say what you will about M. Night...

    by ZooTrain

    He's a better film maker than 100% of you.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    TiVo the M. Night apologist...

    by SkinJob69

    I was wondering when you'd show up here, and then: you appear. Out of nowhere again to instruct the masses on the virtuous filmmaking of Mr. Shyamalan.<p> Seriously, dude. Who the fuck are you? MNS' brother? Agent? MNS himself? <p> Doubt the latter as I suspect Night would know the difference between "objectionably" (is that a word?) and "objectively".<p> So please spill it- who the hell are you?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by stanton29

    He can NOT screw this up. It's too damn good to screw up! Just don't get the flavor of the month CW teenybopper to star in it, get chld ACTORS, and he will be back to form! Sonny Chiba for Uncle Iroh!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Please no, Night.

    by Pompoulus

    Unbreakable is one of my favorite movies and you are a talentless hack. Don't ruin your only worthwhile work with your further attentions.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable is his best movie to date

    by I am_NOTREAL

    And yes, that includes the Sixth Overrated Sense

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable was cool...

    by GeorgieBoy

    I'm surprised by the love posted here. I thought everyone hated it? Sam Jackson was great in this one and Bruce was passable. Shoot, I just like the idea of a villain who's bones break when he sneezes.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    To all you haters! Moriarty included.

    by Samuel Steamer

    If Shyamalan made a movie under a different name you would praise this new and hot director, but you're all just into this gang bang of trashing a man for no real reason. The Happening was not great but it was not the turd you all claimed it to be.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable was great

    by aversiontherapy2

    What are the odds that he fucks up the sequel like he has every movie since?

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    "Oh no, my CABBAGES!!!"

    by Amy Chasing

    Avatar without this line isn't Avatar. Oh, and here are my reviews of Shyamalan's movies so far: <P> Sixth Sense: well made. <P> Unbreakable: my fave. <P> Signs: Kinda dumb. <P> Village: Kinda pretty. <P> Lady In Water: Half baked. <P> Happening: Just bad.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    M Night is all wrong for Avatar

    by Billy Goat

    One thing I admire about "Avatar": it knows how to pack a lot of story information into a short scene without feeling rushed. Shyamalan is good at establishing mood with long, slow scenes during which very little happens. "Avatar" is a bad match for him.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by drturing

    Does anyone remember when those teenagers pranked Scott Stapp with that dude who carries around a Scott Stapp picture? Sounds like Shyamalan continues to have an utterly out of control ego.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    'I can't believe it's you!' Will you sign my Unbreakable DVD?' A

    by HectorTesticulo

    Thats never happened.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    M. Night Shayamalan is like Obama...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Big on hype, but short on truth. <p>Besides, they both think more of themselves than they ought. </p> I would sit through Unbreakable 2...but I would probably be thinking about how cool it could be if Obama, er, Shayamala didn't write/produce/direct/market it.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Shyamalan works in Hollywood.

    by Amy Chasing

    Being able to play politics is a matter of survival.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Shamalama dingdong knows how to...

    by TRON

    Shamalama dingdong knows how to... He forcing himself to write material.... he should just pick up other brilliant horror suspence scripts written by others and pick out one.....

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST


    by brakula

    Let's get the story straight. There was one kid with a copy of Unbreakable in his backpack. He's the son of M. Night's agent.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable 2

    by Forsakyn

    It's pretty obvious Jackson's character would make a holographic projection of himself in prison, escapes via hot air balloon (leaving behind a portly friend), then builds a super-mechanized suit to combat Willis. It only gets better from there, but I don't want to give away everything Shyboy has planned!

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    I bet this is cause he can't get Avatar off the ground

    by drturing

    Here's what I'm betting: Studio is balking at his version of Avatar, most likely too expensive to boot. Happening took in 100 mil, but still no greenlight to shoot Avatar, which means that Shyamalan has fucked up somewhere. So he's trying to get something else lined up - Unbreakable 2.<p> That said I like me some M Night Shyamalan. The Happening is the single funniest script I've ever read in my life. I will never ever forget "The bush stares at the little girl" quite possibly the stupidest sentence ever written in a script.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by TRON

    He knows how to direct...... he's out of writing ideas

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Awesome idea!

    by DarthMrBelvedere

    he really should do it

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    "The bush stares at the little girl?"

    by DoctorStopMo

    LMAO, that is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. How damnably absurd. I am beginning to think that he did fabricate the kid with the backpack story after all.<P> For those of you hoping that he'll do a good job with Avatar, I wouldn't hold your breath. This is the man who boasted in 2001 that he could make a Pokemon movie that was a deep, evocative piece on the human condition. He's an ass. And for those of you that are so defensive and feel that the vitriol directed against him is unwarranted, wake the F up. What's unwarranted is you defending the turds he puts on screen.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Thing is Shyamalan did good with his first two films.

    by Amy Chasing

    They're just not the kind of movies I'd look at and then say "He's the man to make The Last Airbender faithful to the series."

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST

    He is the best director right now, deal with it.

    by darwinmayflower

    The Village is fantastic. Would love to see Unbreakable II. Bring it.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Oh, thank teh Lord! A Shymalan talkback! YES!

    by thebearovingian

    I haven't read all the posts yet but I know you sonsuvbitches won't let me down!<p>Teh deb8 sukkd.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:06 p.m. CST

    I recant. Piss poor talkback.

    by thebearovingian


  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    This TB is a bit slow, so here's my problem with

    by Amy Chasing

    recent science fiction TV series. They just never end on a high, or with a bang. Always a whimper. Look at this: <P> Star Trek TNG: Season 7 was one of the worst and then they made 4 movies, of which the second one was the only passable one. <P> Babylon 5: Season 5 was arguably the worst and then there were the spin-offs - all bad to problematic. <P> X-Files: Last couple seasons with the T-1000 were the worst, and their last movie sucked. <P> Stargate SG1: Last couple seasons were the worst. <P> ... I know they like to keep shows going for as long as they can to pay the bills, but why can't anyone just end it once the story's told and told well. Here's hoping BSG.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST

    village was a really good film

    by ReEkOs_RoUgHnEcKs

    if u disagree u just didn't like it, but it was really really good

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Where's Harry's opinion on this?

    by barry convex

    Harry loves Unbreakable.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I agree, Village was good.

    by Amy Chasing

    But I think Unbreakable turned off alot of people who liked Sixth Sense, and Signs turned off people who liked Unbreakable, so Village just got a small audience who probably were wanting to see something amazing and didn't.

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Shamalamadingdong: I need a hit right now?????

    by Napolean Solo

    @ KurtLockwood: <br> <br> The Happening budget = $48m <br> Worldwide gross = $163m <br> <br> A hit it indeed was...

  • Oct. 7, 2008, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Napolean Solo, a similar thing was said by Paul Hogan

    by Amy Chasing

    when asked about how his last few films (I think it was around the time Almost An Angel and Lightning Jack had been and gone). He said that compared to how much they cost to make, the box-office takings say they were hits. <P> Of course compared to other actual box-office hits of the time, Lightning Jack was still a flop.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 1:09 a.m. CST

    okay, huge MNS fan here

    by oisin5199

    I've loved every MNS film, including Village and Lady in the Water (haven't seen the Happening yet), and even I think his interviews come off as being narcissistic, self-obsessed, and more than a little creepy. I worry for this man's mental health. He was 'hurt' by the mixed reviews of Unbreakable? Wow. If he was hurt by that he must have been devastated by reaction to the Happening. I hope he gathers some strength and finally does a movie that shuts up the haters.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 1:27 a.m. CST

    I hope he actually makes an interesting movie this time.

    by The Founder

    Liked the first one, hell it's one of the few films I've liked by him, well actually it's Unbreakable and the 6th Sense.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    what the hell?

    by Mr Gorilla

    the dweebs on this website spend their lives yelling at lucas for 'raping their childhood' by revisiting Star Wars; then they lambast Spielberg for doing another Indiana Jones when 'he's lost it'; BUT THEN they ask the guy who just made THE HAPPENING to revisit a beloved early movie of his. DOES ANYONE SEE THE FLAW IN THIS LOGIC?

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    His only good film

    by Ecto-1

    Sixth Sense was cool, but I only ever watched it once and have never been bothered about seeing it again. However, Unbreakable is a fucking classic. I always felt that it was the first part of a trilogy as the end of the film just seemed like the end of the first act. But, all his films since then have been crap. Which has got me worried that he wants to do a sequel to it now. After the Happening, I'll be amazed if he can get Bruce Willis on board.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Syamalan is so good at talking himself up!

    by Mr Gorilla

    Have you notived that even with his last two movies, M. Night is so lively and confident about his own talent, he talks his movies up like he's Ingmar Bergan, making personal dramas that are artistic but that will totally intrigue people etc etc. Then you actually watch the movie... (BTW I love 6th Sense and Unbreakable, and I think Signs and The Village are much classier than most blockbusters; but the last two were terrible; and none of them are the high are that M Night seems to think they are.)

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST

    When in desperate need of a hit

    by deanbarry

    Reguritate old ideas. Gibson NEEDS Lethal Weapon 5. It is a safe career move. As will be Unbreakable 2: Unbreakabler. I haven't seen The Happening yet, but I can smell something bad in the air.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 2:09 a.m. CST

    For those who think 'The Happening' was a hit

    by DoctorStopMo

    Do you seriously think that the studios anticipiated $163 million *worldwide?* I think that for a summer movie touted as M. Night Shyamalan's first R-rated film, they were expecting considerably more. If I were a studio exec, I'd see MNS as diminishing returns in terms of box office gross. He's not going to hit the highs he hit earlier in his career. I realize that critical acclaim means little, but I'd be wary of touching any project proposed by this former wunderkind who now appears sadly, pathetically spent.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    UNBREAKABLE 2: Its about fucking Time

    by Mike_D

    sounds good.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 2:41 a.m. CST

    The Happening, Not A Hit!!!

    by Media Messiah

    The Happening budget = $48m<BR><BR> Worldwide gross = $163m<BR><BR> <BR><BR> Distribution, promotional, and advertisment costs had to be 50 million in the U.S. alone, and to tell you the truth I have heard that you have to earn double the budget to go into profit. A film should earn twice as much worldwide as it does in the U.S., as the Happening did: the problem, however, is that it made very little in the U.S. to begin with!!! <BR><BR> To add to the film's woes, is the fact that theatres get at least 30 percent of the cut the first several weeks abd then 60 percent within 5 weeks of the film's release, and so on. That would leave the Happening with zero profit and perhaps in the red??? They can only hope to make their money now in the after markets through DVD sales and rentals, pay-per-view, cable, and sales to broadcast tv.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Amended: The Happening, Not A Hit!!!

    by Media Messiah

    The Happening budget = $48m <BR><BR> Worldwide gross = $163m <BR><BR> Distribution, promotional, and advertisment costs had to be 50 million in the U.S. alone, and to tell you the truth I have heard that you have to earn double the budget to go into profit. Further, aside and separate from that, a film should earn twice as much worldwide as it does in the U.S., as the Happening did: The problem, however is that it made very little in the U.S. to begin with!!! <BR><BR> To add to the film's woes, if that weren't enough, is the fact that theatres get at least 30 percent of the cut the first several weeks and then 60 percent within 5 weeks of the film's release, and so on. That would leave the Happening with zero profit and perhaps in the red??? They can only hope to make their money now in the after markets through DVD sales and rentals, pay-per-view, cable, and sales to broadcast tv.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable Is Fucking Brilliant...

    by RobFromBackEast

    Granted, his last three films were utter shite; but i still think he's got another great film or two in him.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 4:24 a.m. CST

    It will sell a lot of dvd's

    by optimus122

    And be a money maker , not a huge hit but it will make money

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST

    The Happening was a masterclass in ineptitude

    by Sepulchrave

    I watched it in growing to absolute disbelief, waiting for one charcter to say one line in a way that was convincing - scratch that: in a way that wasn't uproariously pathetically useless. EVERY line a clanger; every character a cardboard stereotype. What a heap of shit. If you can't see this, then you are like a man with no taste buds eating a dog-shit sandwich; this is not opinion; this is a car with no wheels that won't run; this is a failure on a basic engineering, talent level. I've seen better lines and acting in college drama societies.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Oh, and if The happening was a success

    by Sepulchrave

    It's because you, the American people, have got mad-cow disease and are drugged up to the eyeballs on anti-anxiety meds.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Wake me up if he ever does anything decent..

    by quantize

    Lady in the Water was such an unforgivable self indulgent splooge in the face, the man is dead to interest in the Happening or anything else he ever does unless i start reading universally great reviews...his shit is THAT bad lately

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Maybe he senses esteem

    by Napoleon Park

    for Unbreakable because everyone mentions it as one of his good movies, before his talent seemed to drift off or his approach lost it's novelty.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST

    The #s

    by DoctorStopMo

    According to IMDb, the movie's budget was approximately $60 million, not the more generous $48 mil that has been bandied about here. According to Wikipedia, the cost was $57 million. With marketing costs and everything else thrown in, the film was profitable, but not by that much - it would probably take about $110 million for the movie to break even when all was said and done, and in today's market, the end total box office of $163 million hardly qualifies it as a "hit." Producers today don't want to "make their money back" - they're looking for more.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Good news.....but

    by masteryoda007

    isnt he like 7 yearrs too late in getting down to writing a sequl. I love Unbreakale as much as the next guy but he will need to write the greatest screenplay of all time(tm) to knock this fucker out of the park.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    The Happening could easily be saved if you

    by TheNorthlander

    just add some zombies in the scenes where you see only grass and trees blowing.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 7:54 a.m. CST

    on a scale of 1-10

    by Shadow Warrior

    with 5 being average, Night's directing skills is probably 8, but his ego is 12. That's the problem right there.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    I'm for this

    by alienindisguise

    It couldn't be any worse than the Happening, could it? Unbreakable is the only M Night flick that doesn't piss me off.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Tired of the "Funny" Despots.

    by Andre the Frog

    The people on this board who dictate "making fun of this guys name is not funny and must stop". Please, show me who gave you the robes and gavel and appointed you judge of "Funny Court".

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Always wanted this

    by brentg

    Unbreakable is one of my favorite films; definitly his best in my opinion. I felt the end of Unbreakable seemed like the beginning of the another story, when David Dunn accepts his powers and also knows his place in the world. Leave Samuel Jackson out of it; loved the character but bringing him back seems like a stretch to me. My friend thinks so too, though usually his opinions suck.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    the streets?

    by El Cimarron

    Did he seriously used 'the streets need me to do it' excuse? I thought only rappers did that...

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I'm just here to tell you

    by Abominable Snowcone

    SPOILER the Cloverfield monster is a GIANT TIGER!!

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Shayamalan is a Hack

    by D o o d

    All his movies have to end with a twist which really puts him in a corner as now whenever he makes a movie they're just shit. Maybe he should grow up and make a movie that just reads well.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    The kid really thought M. Night was...

    by The Gipper

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and it wasn't a copy of "Unbreakable," but an economics text book.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 3:37 p.m. CST

    I vote yea

    by a rolling stone

    Unbreakable was the first film I really liked by Shyamalan. I was lucky enough to miss the "comic book facts" posted at the beginning when I walked into the film, and I knew nothing about the film I was walking into, so the possibility of comic mythos having roots in reality slowly unfolded for me, and I'm a comic book nut. M. Night follows all the subtle rules, from the use of purple, to the villain's large head, to the hero's one key weakness--I thought it was perfect. No big explosions, or gunfights, or car chases. This was a movie about discovery, and it followed the formula of all the timeless classics. If M. Night continues to respect the mythos, a sequel can only mean Mr. Glass will escape and kill either his son, his wife, or both. The villain must hurt the hero in some intricate way, so not only are they opposites of the same coin, they become linked to each other through pain. Bruce wants nothing to do with Samuel. The murderous attack will change that. I guarntee it. In part two, Bruce'll lose his wife, his kid, or both. They might as well re-name the kid Jason Todd.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable 2: Miley Cyrus's Hymen

    by ragingfluff

    Relax, mousketeers, Billy Ray's got this one covered

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Should have been re-names; The Crappening

    by Stalkeye

    So much for Night's first R-rated film.Even John Carpenter's Ghost on Mars laughs at that shitfest.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    I'd rather eat my own shit

    by Drunken Rage

    than see another stupid MNS movie. What a fucking hack.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    eh I don't know about this

    by The Amazing G

    I love Unbreakable, but shamalamdingdong just keeps getting worse and worse

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Loved Unbreakable

    by nyj_et

    Can't wait.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Night needs to STOP writing movies and START directing others' s

    by catlettuce4

    He is a talented director but he as a writer he let his early successes go to his head.<P>He should do what Spike Lee did with "Inside Man" and direct a couple of low profile 'studio' films that he didn't write to get his chops back.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable was a terrific movie

    by Kaitain

    Easily his best. Shame his last three have been unmitigated barrels of wank.

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 11:03 p.m. CST


    by Duke of Hurl

  • Oct. 8, 2008, 11:05 p.m. CST

    it's funny

    by Duke of Hurl

    how Unbreakable seems to get better with time, when actually you M. Night sympathists can't admit his more recent fare is total trash, so this "adequate" submission seems worth watching...

  • Oct. 9, 2008, 4:35 a.m. CST

    He should have done it way back in 2000, damn pussy!

    by chien_sale

    We wouldn't have had to swallow his worst flick, "Sign".